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OPINION: Schools are not factories and kids are not cogs in the education wheel

OPINION: Schools are not factories and kids are not cogs in the education wheel

Teachers are, in their souls, helpers, encouragers, growers and carers. The best of them employ these attributes in spite of the system ... Increasingly, they are being forced into being processors and measurers, pressured to increase data production and show higher test scores. That’s what teachers mean when they say 'Just let me teach!' and that’s what the rejected contracts and job action are really about.
OPINION: Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?

OPINION: Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?

As the number of hate crimes directed at Muslims increases at an alarming rate, sales of food prepared in accordance with Islamic law are rising by 15 per cent a year, on average. In Canada, halal food sales now exceed $1 billion — and that will likely continue to grow rapidly.
OPINION: Sacrificing teachers for students a false solution to education stalemate

OPINION: Sacrificing teachers for students a false solution to education stalemate

Just what is 'generous' about teachers’ wages? Teaching is one of the few jobs that still pay a living wage in the province. The average starting salary for teachers is $56,190. Education, like health care, requires years of specialized training and is one of the few remaining sectors that can provide a stable career with a decent salary — enough for a single parent to raise kids on.
OPINION: Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications

OPINION: Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications

Many Canadians can’t afford the medications their doctors prescribe for them — as many as one in five, according to a national poll — and some might even be skipping them altogether, with possible catastrophic health consequences. So saving even a few bucks per prescription could add up to big savings over time.
OPINION: A 10-point plan to right the education ship

OPINION: A 10-point plan to right the education ship

The education system should be simple; we have well-educated teachers who know and understand what is required to help students succeed. Give them the resources they need, class sizes that are manageable and respect for their profession. How hard can that be? Instead, teachers have been pulled in so many directions over the last 15 to 20 years that they are just plain tired.
ALEX HANDYSIDE: Doctor’s orders -- sex over 60 is good for you

ALEX HANDYSIDE: Doctor’s orders -- sex over 60 is good for you

The British Heart Foundation says sex can make you look younger, reduce stress, help you to sleep better and may help prevent coronary disease.
OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

OPINION: Teachers' fight for fairness is a feminist cause, too

'I am asking you to participate in one of three rallies organized by Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers with all of your friends. Invite them to join us on Sunday to protest against the attacks on our teachers and our public service workers,' writes Trish Keeping of Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers.
COMMENTARY: Matthew's journey was a learning curveball that tested inclusion's limits

COMMENTARY: Matthew's journey was a learning curveball that tested inclusion's limits

Inclusion, as it is practised today in a classroom setting, did not work for Matthew. It did not work for his teachers, nor did it work for the other students. No one came out better because of it. It held everyone back in many different ways.
OPINION: The things we have lost in the slow-burning school fire

OPINION: The things we have lost in the slow-burning school fire

If you are angry that your child is missing a recital, why aren't you just as angry that their classmates have had to wait six months for adaptive equipment to be installed in the classroom, just so they can read the same stories as your little (or big) one? ... Go talk to teachers, even if you hate us right now. We are great listeners; we do it all day.
ANNA SHOUB: Closing door on community sponsorship of refugees robs rural areas

ANNA SHOUB: Closing door on community sponsorship of refugees robs rural areas

Rezan, with his wicked sense of humour, joked that he was in no rush to be reunited with his in-laws; nonetheless, it is urgent that we make it possible for his wife Shahnaz's parents to join them in Mahone Bay. There is no greater support to any family, let alone a refugee family, than grandparents.